katsummerland at yahoo.com.au
Thu Nov 21 06:00:33 MST 2002
As for those who got themselves supposedly "burnt" by
being downwind of DSP activities, Kay's not naming
Well it might be a useful idea to do a balance sheet
on all those previous regroupment attempts. What they
achieved? Who is still in the DSP as a result? Count
the hundreds who have moved out, many right out of
left politics all together.
Unfortunately approaches to other organisations have
often been handled like schemes to get a big bunch of
recruits quickly and not as genuine attempts to forge
a new organisation.
That is the key issue.
The problem with arguments like this is that they
skirt the key question:
If the Socialist Alliance became a serviceable
regroupment vehicle would you/should you be part of
it? Kay's answer, I gather, is: not if the DSP is
Not if the DSP is using it as a trawling expedition.
That would just lead to a further set back and
hardening of divisions. Until some change in the
objective local conditions forces people to come
together as has occurrred historically - Russia 1917,
Nicaragua, El Salvador.
And a question for Kim
How has working in campaigns as the Socialist Alliance
been different to working as the DSP? Is there any
difference in practice?
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